Claudine needs professional help, says brother

Posted at 04/29/13 5:41 PM

Former Kapamilya actress Claudine Barretto
MANILA, Philippines – Joaquin Barretto believes that one way to resolve their family feud is to “fix” his youngest sister, Claudine.

In an exclusive interview with the entertainment website Pep.ph, Joaquin said Claudine "needs professional help," considering her current condition.

“Huwag ibigay kung ano ang gusto ni Claudine, ibigay kung ano ang kailangan. Get her a psychiatrist, get her... If she has a problem, she should seek help. Si Claudine, dapat mag-iba ng behavior. I hope mamulat din katulad ko. I changed my life. Now I live a good, clean life. It’s simple, but it’s good,” he said.

Joaquin admitted that he once entered a rehabilitation center, but he has been sober for eight years now.

Saying they have noticed Claudine’s inconsistent behavior over the past months, Joaquin said: “Claudine needs professional help—anger management or something. Her moods are unstable. One minute, she is so mad; one minute, she is so mabait.

“Ano sakit niya, I cannot say. Mom says Claudine is bipolar, manic, whatever... All I know is—it’s not the same Claudine,” he added.

Joaquin, however, refused to discuss in detail his sister’s “illness.”

“Huwag na, pamilya ko pa rin ito. One day, magbabati-bati kami. I'm praying for that. May problema talaga si Claudine, pero si Raymart (Santiago, Claudine’s husband) na ang dapat tanungin diyan. Hindi ako,” he said.

In a previous interview with Pep.ph, Joaquin revealed that Claudine was supposed to be in a hospital in December last year for treatment that could take up to 18 months.

Claudine, however, was able to convince her parents that there was nothing wrong with her, Joaquin said.

“The whole family actually, iyon ang talagang ano namin. They’ve [his parents] been trying to hide it. They’re all in denial. Na walang problema si Claudine, na si Gretchen ang may problema,” he said.

“You know, if there’s anything good that will come out of all this—iyon lang, na maayos na si Claudine. Kasi kung naayos na nila si Claudine nung December, none of this will happen,” he added.

Joaquin said that if only his parents listened to them when they had a meeting last December, they won’t be having this problem now.

“We were talking, my brother and I. Sabi niya, ‘Kung nakinig lang si Mommy when she called for that meeting, and we all talaga, we were firm, wala, all of this wouldn’t have happened,’” he said.

Joaquin said his life has changed since he issued a statement defending his other sister, Gretchen. He said he’s no longer allowed to go to the condominium where his parents stay, which is located in Bonifacio Global City.

“I can’t even see Dad, and he’s sick. I’ve always been close to Mom. My life just changed. Nag-iba, nagulo. Mom daw said, ‘Tignan natin kung may mukha pa siyang ipakita rito!’”

The said condominium unit is reportedly owned by Claudine.